The Minister for Primary Industries wants to hear your views on a proposal to amend the Marlborough Sounds resource management plan to enable relocation of up to six salmon farms.
Relocation is being considered as a way to:
- ensure the environmental outcomes from salmon farming are improved through implementation of benthic (seabed) best management practice
- potentially improve the social and cultural outcomes from salmon farming by creating jobs
- move salmon farms away from areas of high competing use
- maintain or increase the economic benefits from salmon farming.
This proposal provides for industry growth through more efficient use of marine farming space, rather than from creating additional new space.
In short, it’s about getting better outcomes from the same amount of space. The extent of benefits would depend on the number of farms relocated and the sites they move to, which is why the Minister wants to hear your views.
Consultation is open from 26 January 2017 until 27 March 2017. Public meetings will be held during the consultation period.
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